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Friday, May 10, 2013
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Nick Welsh’s diatribe against Israel is counterproductive and ill-informed. He falls prey to the naive notion that if the United States didn’t support Israel then the attacks in Boston wouldn’t have happened. Like any country, Israel has its problems, but nevertheless it remains a beacon of democracy in the rough neighborhood of thugs like Iran and Syria. It’s ironic that many Bostonians, upon having their city in lockdown, commented, “Now we know what it must be like to live in Tel Aviv.”

Secondly, he suggests that Israeli politics really are like Nazism but we just shouldn’t say that because it’s a “conversation killer.” Perhaps Mr. Welsh should visit our local Jewish Federation or the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles to get a clearer picture of what happened in Nazi Germany. The Nazis systematically slaughtered millions of Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, and political enemies. Israel is defending its borders and targeting known terrorists who launch rockets or ignite bombs in schools, buses, and other public areas of Israel.

Many of us want a peaceful two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Welsh’s article unfortunately does not further the cause.


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What Nick Welsh said. We're Americans, not Israelis and the Israel lobby has controlled US policy long enough. There are many Israelis who agree with Nick Welsh.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 10, 2013 at 8:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I just reread the NW piece and he makes none of the assertions that this writer claims. FWIW, I did find the Falk essay to which he refers (and perhaps implicitly defends) to be troubling on several levels. Perhaps that's the person to whom this writer should be directing his own "diatribe" here.

zappa (anonymous profile)
May 11, 2013 at 6:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow, Welsh definitely didn't deserve this one. One wonders what article Silverberg actually read?

Some day, a clever sociologist is going to conduct an experiment where test subjects read an article discussing Israel while their brains are being scanned. It will be interesting to see whether the emotional or rational parts of the brain light up.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
May 11, 2013 at 10:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nick's piece was on point and excellent. Even Shimon Peres, the President of Israel, states that Israel cannot continue to slowly take over [colonize] West Bank areas that do not belong to Israel, and was won only temporarily after the 1967 6-Day War. Further, Peres knows Israel cannot continue, really, as a western-style democracy when over a million Israeli Arabs are second-class citizens.
I've visited the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in LA more that 10 times, with schoolkids, and yes...all Silverberg states about how bad the Nazis is true...Nick isn't saying the Israelis are like the Nazis, but they are taking over an area that is not theirs (West Bank). Open discourse and dialogue about this is necessary -- read the J Street stuff -- and hurling accusations like Silverberg does will not help that debate.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
May 11, 2013 at 12:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For civility's sake, maybe we can all just stop using nouns, adjectives and verbs.

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
May 11, 2013 at 12:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

uss liberty

redbunz (anonymous profile)
May 18, 2013 at 1:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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